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For the first time ever, a White GOP endorsed candidate becomes concerned about the outcomes in the Black community. The voters of the 5th Congressional District should pay close attention and ask, “Where’s DFL incumbent Keith Ellison and how does he feel about the closing of North High School?” Don’t forget to stop-drop and roll.
by Donald W.R. Allen, II – IBNN NEWS and USA Radical Black
Minneapolis, MN. (IBNN NEWS/October 16, 2010)…An emergency meeting was held to address solutions and form unity in an attempt to bring together a plan to save Minneapolis’ North High School from extinction.
North High School alumni president Kale Severson opened up the meeting an told participants the Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak and other elected official are in agreement with MPS superintendent Bernadiea Johnson’s recommendation which was tabled at last weeks school board meeting, but scheduled to be re-introduced at the November 9th Minneapolis School Board meeting that would facilitate the closing of Minneapolis’ North High School.
Surprisingly, Republican endorsed, Minnesota 5th Congressional candidate Joel Demos, who plans on defeating Congressman Keith Ellison on November 2, 2010 stopped by the event at Zion Baptist Church, (in the heart of the Black community) to give support in keeping North High School open. The Republican candidate for congress said, “This cannot happen in North Minneapolis anymore.”
What Demos needs now is to be fully informed on the issues in the minority-ethnic community and show up to upcoming meetings and position himself as a leader who understands he works with and for the people. (Take a page out of Emmer’s playbook and get rid of your campaign manager – I got this.)
This is the kind of community engagement that the Minnesota GOP and the 5th Congressional District representatives need to focus on. Although we feel it’s a little too late – it’s a start.